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Old 01-18-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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We're considering making a move from Charlotte to Wilmington. What is there for a couple to do outside of Wilmington? I know Raleigh is 2 hours away. What's Raleigh like? What else do people tend to do if they live in the Wilmington area?
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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There's not a lot to do outside of Wilmington if you compare it to stuff to do inside Wilmington. You can always ride to Southport or Myrtle Beach if you just want to leave the city for awhile but the vast majority of good food, shopping and entertainment in a 50 mile radius is located in the greater Wilmington area, not outside it.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:21 PM
 
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So if you were to take a day trip from Wilmington, where would you go? I've heard of Myrtle Beach but I've never been there, and I haven't heard of Southport.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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Myrtle Beach is the place. Nothing in Wilmington for the most part. If you're into the bar scene you might like it, but it gets very rough on the weekends. Guess that goes for any downtown bar area. MB is a lot bigger with a lot more things to do, like live shows, countless restaurants, very affordable accomodations during the off season for weekend vacations. However, I guess if you're coming from Charlotte, Wilmington will seem like a crossroads. I lived in Concord for 28 years before moving to Southport and have spent a lot of time in Charlotte. Used to work there.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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when living in Wilmington one can do all the
outdoor activities one can think of.
kayaking , biking, hiking , boating, surfing ,fishing ,meet at
the dock bar and sit outside with a drink.
music scene in wilmington is good for a town this size.

some people love to hunt , fourwheel , go mudding etc.

why not tell us what you guys are looking for instead?

daytrips would include everything ocean related. myrtle beach is
about 1-1/2 hour drive .

as for your other post , I would work in the other counties but would for sure have to
live in New Hanover. that is just me though , since we don't know what your interest are ,it is
hard to tell what will be a better fit for you.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:42 AM
 
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There's not a lot to do outside of Wilmington if you compare it to stuff to do inside Wilmington. You can always ride to Southport or Myrtle Beach if you just want to leave the city for awhile but the vast majority of good food, shopping and entertainment in a 50 mile radius is located in the greater Wilmington area, not outside it.
That's a joke!.......There's a whole lot better dining and shopping in Myrtle Beach than here in Wilmington.
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:04 PM
 
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That's a joke!.......There's a whole lot better dining and shopping in Myrtle Beach than here in Wilmington.
I didn't compare Wilmington to Myrtle Beach. I was comparing Wilmington to the areas within a 50 mile radius. Myrtle Beach is an hour and a half away in another state. Of course it has a good selection of dining and shopping. That's precisely why I suggested it to the original poster.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:00 PM
 
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What other people have said is pretty much the situation. Wilmington is the big "town" in the area that people from the smaller communities come into. But it's not really lacking much that larger towns have, there's decent shopping here, a good selection of restaurants, and the beach!

all that you could ever ask for are a few mountains, a macy's and perhaps a fazoli's... but those are doubtful to spring up around here any time soon...

Southport, and Bald Head Island are good day trips, as is Beaufort, but really it's simply more beach. If you want a really big city, Atlanta is only 6.5-7 hours away, close enough for a weekend drive. I'd also suggest at least driving by South of the Border (affectionately called SOB) if only to laugh at the punny signs and see a piece of americana.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:41 AM
 
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That's a joke!.......There's a whole lot better dining and shopping in Myrtle Beach than here in Wilmington.
Hi Florida,

I'm not a big shopper, so I don't pay attention to retail. I can say that there is nothing I need that Myrtle Beach has, that Wilmington does not.

If I noticed any differences at all, it is that Myrtle Beach is mostly tourist retail, like mega-bulk outlet warehouse land. Wilmington has a more diverse offering of retail, like that of a typical small city, plus some tourist stuff.

As far as restaurants go, I have been eating in Myrtle Beach for many years, and I don't think the restaurants match up well to what I've eaten the past 3 years in Wilmington. I don't know anyone who goes to Myrtle Beach for the food. What are some restaurants in Myrtle Beach that put it above Wilmington, in your opinion?
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:09 AM
 
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Hi Florida,

I'm not a big shopper, so I don't pay attention to retail. I can say that there is nothing I need that Myrtle Beach has, that Wilmington does not.

If I noticed any differences at all, it is that Myrtle Beach is mostly tourist retail, like mega-bulk outlet warehouse land. Wilmington has a more diverse offering of retail, like that of a typical small city, plus some tourist stuff.

As far as restaurants go, I have been eating in Myrtle Beach for many years, and I don't think the restaurants match up well to what I've eaten the past 3 years in Wilmington. I don't know anyone who goes to Myrtle Beach for the food. What are some restaurants in Myrtle Beach that put it above Wilmington, in your opinion?
Tommy Bahama's,Red Lobster,Olive Garden is better there than here,(why? Can't figure that out) Logans,Abuelo's,P.F.Changs,Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville,Cheeseburger in Paradise just to name a few. There's many people who go to Myrtle Beach for the food,shopping and amusements as well as to Raleigh/Durham. Our favorite restaurant in the Raleigh/Durham area is Cheesecake Factory.
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